‘Pak unwilling to stop terror against India’
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 23:21
Washington: Pakistan is unlikely to take strong military action against the terrorists as desired by the Obama administration because it is not willing to forego the option of using extremists as "tools" against India after the US leaves the region, a prominent thinktank said on Saturday.

"The issue is not just one of capability. It is also about intent and Islamabad’s strategic imperatives," said Stratfor in its latest news analysis of the region.

The Obama administration is pressing the Pakistan Army to take strong military action against the terrorists.

"The Pakistanis realise that the United States and its Western allies aren’t looking at a long-term military commitment to Afghanistan. Therefore, from Islamabad’s point of view, it makes no sense to go after those militants fighting in Afghanistan," it said.

"Doing so would not only exacerbate the insurgency within its own borders in the short term, it would also create a much larger cross-border mess for Islamabad to deal with long after Western forces leave the region," Stratfor said.

"Furthermore, Taliban fighting in Afghanistan are tools Pakistan can use to roll back Indian influence in Afghanistan, which has increased significantly in the last eight years.

Therefore, it is highly unlikely that Pakistan will undertake the kind of action that the United States wants, because it would be tantamount to national suicide," it said.


First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 23:21

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